The cross country season is underway after the season-opening event in Alumni Park.
The season-opening Pepperdine Invitational will include several local schools.
Student-athletes were recognized for achieving a 3.0 grade-point average or better.
Pepperdine will next run at the NCAA West Regional on November 13.
Eighteen student-athletes received recognition this season.
Kelvin Kuo's photos of the Waves in action at the WCC Championships in San Diego.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves in action at the season-opening event in Alumni Park.
Photos by Kyle Terada of the WCC and by Steve Froebe of the Waves at the Plantes Ferry Sports Stadium in Spokane, Wash.
Jeff Golden and Ron Hall's photos of the cross country meet vs. CSUN and CSU Bakersfield in Alumni Park.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves' season-opening race in Brea, Calif.
ACADEMIC AWARDS: WCC All-Academic honorable mention as a sophomore and junior ... WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.
PEPPERDINE XC 2015 (JR): Competed at five of the seven meets ... Was the team's #3 runner her first four appearances and then the #2 runner at the 6k WCC Championships (23:13.8) ... Best 5k was 18:15.9 at the Capital Cross Challenge.
PEPPERDINE XC 2014 (SO): Ran at five of the six meets during a strong second season ... Was Pepperdine's top runner at the Highlander Invitational and was the #2 runner the other four times ... Finished in 12th place overall with a season-best 5k time of 18:10.3 at the Highlander Invitational ... Had a season-best 6k time of 21:33.3 at the WCC Championships.
PEPPERDINE XC 2013 (FR): Ran at five meets ... Was the Waves' top runner at the Titan Invitational ... Was sixth on the team at both the WCC Championships and NCAA West Regional ... Best 6k time was 22:32 at the NCAA West Regional and best 5k was 18:37.7 at the Titan Invitational.
PEPPERDINE OUTDOOR TRACK 2016 (JR): Ran at the final four meets of the season ... Had the team's best three times of the season in the 1,500 meters, including a 4:48.50 at the Beach Invitational (4/16) ... Did not run at either indoor meet.
PEPPERDINE OUTDOOR TRACK 2015 (SO): Did not run track this season.
PEPPERDINE OUTDOOR TRACK 2014 (FR): Competed at seven meets ... Broke the school record in the 800 meters twice -- running 2:19.34 at Westmont (2/22) and 2:17.29 at Ben Brown (3/15) -- before it was broken again by Stasia Demick ... Improved her 800 time again at Pomona-Pitzer (4/12) in 2:17.23 ... Was the team's top runner in the 1,500 meters with a season-best time of 4:43.03 (Cal/Nevada Collegiate Championship, 4/5) ... On Pepperdine's all-time top-five lists, ranks #2 in the 800 meters and #3 in the 1,500 meters ... Won the 800 at Westmont and was fifth at Ben Brown, and was second in the 1,500 at Riverside CC (3/8) ... Was also part of the school-record-setting 4x800-meter relay team that ran 9:48.41 and won its race at Savannah State (3/1).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Jesuit High School, located in Portland, Ore., in 2013 ... Ran four years of varsity cross country and four years of varsity track ... Was all-state 6A third team in cross country as a junior ... Earned All-Metro League honors in cross country as a senior and junior ... Made the All-Metro League in track as a freshman and junior ... Ranks in the school's top 10 in the 400 and 800 meters ... School won 6A state championships in cross country (2009 and 2010) and track (2011 and 2012) ... Was an academic all-state selection and was on the honor roll.
PERSONAL: Born in Portland, Ore. ... Daughter of Todd and April Sheaffer ... Has three siblings: Allison, William and Gabriel ... Majoring in business administration ... Volunteered at the Portland Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter, during summer 2014 ... Also worked as an accounting intern for Western Pacific Building Materials during summer 2014 ... Chose Pepperdine because of the "beautiful location, superb academics, outstanding athletics, the University's commitment to Christian values and a personal sense of belonging every time I set foot on campus."
FAVORITES: Enjoys playing tennis and soccer, mock trials, traveling, camping and backpacking ... Favorites include Roger Federer (pro athlete), Portland Timbers (pro sports team), Unbroken (book), Step Brothers (movie), The Office (TV show), The Head and the Heart (musical artist), frozen yogurt (food) and tennis (sport other than running) ... Favorite thing about running is "I love the culture associated with running, centered around a team all working toward a common objective or goal. I love that if you are willing to put in the time and the hours when no else may be watching, that you will always come out the other side as a stronger athlete than you were before."